Golden Globe Race skip­per res­cued af­ter three days

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In­jured Golden Globe Race skip­per, Ab­hi­lash Tomy, has been suc­cess­fully res­cued from the In­dian Ocean af­ter wait­ing three days for res­cue.

The 39-year-old was evac­u­ated from his dis­masted yacht, Thuriya, some 1,900 miles south-west of Perth, Aus­tralia, by the crew of the French fish­eries pa­trol ves­sel Osiris at 05.30UTC on 24 Septem­ber 2018.

They boarded Thuriya us­ing in­flat­able Zo­diac boats and ad­min­is­tered im­me­di­ate first aid to Tomy be­fore trans­fer­ring him via stretcher to Osiris, which has med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties on board.

The In­dian Navy Com­man­der had been con­fined to his bunk af­ter sus­tain­ing a back in­jury when his yacht was rolled 360° in a storm on 21 Septem­ber. This meant he was un­able to cut away the rig­ging, which for­tu­itously acted as a sea an­chor in the stormy con­di­tions, which saw 70 knot winds and 15m waves.

He man­aged to com­mu­ni­cate with Race HQ by text, and con­firmed that he had switched on his EPIRB. He also re­ported he was un­able to eat or drink.

Tomy, who holds the record as the first In­dian to com­plete a solo, unas­sisted, non-stop cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion un­der sail, was re­ported to be con­scious and talk­ing when res­cuers reached him.

His yacht is a replica of Suhaili, which suc­cess­fully took Sir Robin Knox-John­ston around the world in the orig­i­nal 1968-69 Sun­day Times Golden Globe Race.

Fel­low com­peti­tor, Gre­gor McGuckin, whose Bis­cay 36, Han­ley En­ergy En­durance was also dis­masted, had been try­ing to make his way to Tomy un­der jury rig and engine, but prob­lems with his engine left the Ir­ish­man strug­gling to reach the in­jured Tomy.

McGuckin, 32, who suf­fered just bumps and bruises, asked for a con­trolled evac­u­a­tion from his boat, feel­ing it was the re­spon­si­ble op­tion to take while all res­cue as­sets were in place.

He was picked up by the Osiris crew be­fore the French pa­trol ves­sel headed to Île Am­s­ter­dam where Tomy was trans­ferred to hos­pi­tal for a full med­i­cal as­sess­ment.

The res­cue op­er­a­tion was co-or­di­nated by the Joint Res­cue Co­or­di­na­tion Cen­tre (JRCC) in Can­berra, Aus­tralia.

The 2018 Golden Globe Race is de­signed to take the com­peti­tors back to the ‘golden age’ of sail­ing.

Apart from a few ex­cep­tions due to safety rea­sons, the en­trants can only carry the same or sim­i­lar equip­ment that was used by Sir Robin in the orig­i­nal race.

Out of the 16 skip­pers who crossed the start line on 1 July 2018 in France, just eight are left in the main race.

Ab­hi­lash Tomy, as pic­tured be­fore the race, suf­fered a back in­jury when his yacht dis­masted in the In­dian Ocean

Gre­gor McGuckin tried to res­cue Ab­hi­lash Tomy de­spite his own yacht be­ing dis­masted

The bro­ken masts and rig­ging of Thuriya acted as a sea an­chor

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